April 18, 2013

Melt Snow, Melt!

A little something to melt away the snow (in northern Michigan) and encourage summer to head on in...

Fun in the Sun

This was a project I made while on the 2012 AIR Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Design Team.


Component Preparation

  • Stamp girl, sun and beach pail on watercolor paper with Onyx Black VersaFine and heat emboss with clear powder.  Watercolor the images by applying ink from Memento markers to a plastic (non-porous) surface and then transfer the ink with a paintbrush.  Trim the images and edge the cut sides with a Tuxedo Black Memento marker.  Set aside. 
  • Tip/Hint:  Using Ink Potion No. 9 for the water source to clean and dampen the paintbrush helps encourage migration of water-based inks and resists paper curling when dried. 


  • Tip/Hint:  For a glimmer effect, pour a small amount of Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz on a non-porous surface and use as paint.  This was the final application applied to the inner tube.
  • Tip/Hint:  For a glass effect, small amounts of GooseBumps were applied with a toothpick to the sunglasses.
  • Die cut 3 large Labels Two from white cardstock.  Score one die cut ¾” from the top and set aside.
  • On the second die cut, apply Dandelion, Cantaloupe and Tangelo inks using InkBlushers.  Accent the inked area with dots from a white gel pen.  Set aside.
  • Trim off  1 ¼” from the third die cut and lightly apply Peanut Brittle Memento ink with an InkBlusher to cover the surface.  Apply a thin coat of Duo Embellishing Adhesive and let dry to form a tacky surface.  Sprinkle with crushed velvet flock.  Cut a small slit in the “sand” and insert the beach pail and secure with tape on the reverse side.  Set aside.     
  • Place the same die used in the first step on Blue Lagoon cardstock and lightly trace the perimeter.  Trim with scissors and remove 7/8” from the bottom.  Stamp bubbles in Nautical Blue Memento around the outside edge.  Set aside.
  • From a separate piece of white cardstock punch a segment of Boundary Waters.  Trim the wave so a portion will extend beyond the “beach” element.  Using an InkBlusher, dab the surface with Nautical Blue Memento.  Using the wand from the GooseBumps spray bottle as an applicator, coat the waves then set aside to dry.
Card Assembly
  • Apply double-sided adhesive to the scored tab of the white die-cut card base and adhere it to the back of the Blue Lagoon die cut.  The Blue Lagoon piece is larger and will slightly overhang the base.
  • Attach the yellow highlighted cardstock to the front of the Blue Lagoon cardstock with dimensional foam.
  • Attach the waves with dimensional foam as well as the “sandy beach”.
  • Using different thicknesses of dimensional foam, attach the sun and girl to the front of the prepared card.
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Hoping warm sunbeams fill your day!

For questions and/or comments, please feel free to e-mail me at:  elizabeth.a.allan@gmail.com

Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko
Inks: Onyx Black VersaFine, Dandelion Memento, Cantaloupe Memento, Tangelo Memento, Nautical Blue Memento, Peanut Brittle Memento
Memento Markers:   Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo,   Lady Bug, Rhubarb Stalk, Love Letter, Rose Bud, Angel Pink, Bahama Blue, Teal Zeal,   Summer Sky, Nautical Blue, Pear Tart, New Sprout, Rich Cocoa, Peanut Brittle, Desert Sand,  Toffee Crunch, Tuxedo Black  
GooseBumps Clear Texture Spray
Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz
Ink Potion No. 9
Clear Embossing Powder

Beach Day (30-051) by Penny Black, Inc.

Storm (01-001), Blue Lagoon (09-003) Mix & Match Papers by Penny Black, Inc.
120 lb. Watercolor Paper by Canson

Labels Two Nestabilities (S4-162) by Spellbinders
Boundary Waters Border Punch by Fiskars
Duo Embellishing Adhesive by USArtQuest, Inc.
Brown Crushed Velvet Flock by Doodlebug Design, Inc.
White Gel Pen by Sakura
Adhesives: Dimensional Foam & Double-Sided Tape
Scissors, Pencil, Paintbrush, Plastic Palette, Heat Tool